This unique and engaging game is built around a sizable spinning wheel broken up into equally-sized segments with numbers/symbols showing in each one. To ensure a precise outcome, there is a pin or a spoke between two adjacent segments. This way the pointer will always land on a specific segment without being stuck in the middle, creating confusion and raising questions. Of course, this issue only applies to real-life Wheels of Fortune, as the ones at online casinos are powered by random number generators, with the pointer always landing on a certain number or symbol leaving no room for doubt.
The game used to be known as Wheel of Fortune, but now it can be called lots of things - The Big Six, The Big Six Wheel, as well as Lucky Wheel, Money Wheel and alike. The point is, this game might appear under different names at different casinos you visit (land-based or virtual), but as long as it has the word "wheel" in it, the chances are - that's the good old Wheel of Fortune. The "six" bit in some of the names is reference to the six fixed payout options available to players based on the segment the pointer stops at. There are more segments with some numbers or symbols, but the payouts are also lower. Rare symbols give you much more enticing returns on your bets - but the chances of winning are really slim.
There are usually from 50 to 54 segments on the wheel depending on the variety. A typical Wheel of Fortune displays dollar amounts on the segments - $1, $2, $5, $10 or $20 as well as two special segments - one usually bearing the casino symbol and the other being a joker symbol. Placing a bet comes down to choosing a segment or a few segments to wager on. There are usually twenty-four $1 segments with the payout of 1:1, fifteen $2 dollar segments with the payout of 2:1, seven $5 segments with the payout of 5:1, four $10 segments with the payout of 10:1, two $20 segments with the payout of 20:1 and two custom segments with the payout of 40:1. As you probably noticed, there are quite a few $1 segments that offer 1:1 payout, which means for $10 bet, if successful, you get $20.